James Albright

Oops, Wrong Airport: It’s More Than Embarrassing, It’s Dangerous 
There are a variety of contributing factors that result in wrong-airport landings and a few common threads we can look out for to avoid being on the nightly news.
Immediate Action: What Pilots Need To Memorize  48
How often are you required to do something so quickly in your cockpit that you have no time to read your checklist, consult the crew or think? During my years as a U.S. Air Force pilot, I was fed a steady dose of what we called "bold-print" items in our checklists that had to be committed to memory.
A New Standards Captain: The Role Is Really That Of Top Instructor  2
A standards captain with the right attitude can be the best instructor in any flight department.
Pilot Error: A How-To Guide  11
Aviation safety professionals will tell you that pilot error is one of the most controllable factors leading to aircraft accidents. But pilot error is inevitable.
Explaining Teterboro’s ‘Non-Circling, Circling Approach’  12
A review of procedural considerations at Teterboro Airport can help ensure flight safety in the aftermath of a Learjet 35A crash there.
Now Hiring!  8
It is not completely accurate to say the world is facing a pilot shortage of epic proportions. It would be far more accurate to say we are facing an epic shortage of highly qualified pilots.
Adding Japanese ‘Shisa Kanko’ Techniques To Modern Cockpits  13
The Pointing-and-Calling method used by Japanese train engineers combines looking at something, pointing at it, calling out the observation and listening to your own voice.
When Pilots Become Passengers  34
During my first-ever opportunity to lead a formation of two T-37 jet trainers as a solo pilot, my wingman, also a student pilot, failed the ride. I asked the instructor why the other lieutenant busted.
Approach Impossible: 'Chair Flying' To Minimums Or Not At All  16
Much of flying is an act of faith. You are placing your trust in those who designed and built the aircraft, in those who maintain it and in those who trained you to defy gravity for a living.
Big Sky Redefined  31
The Theory: The sky is so vast and your aircraft so small, there’s almost no chance of a “midair” encounter. Of course we all know this theory is invalid and would never embrace such a blind course of aircraft avoidance. And yet so many of our actions validate the theory that we needn’t look outside our aluminum tubes to see others that might share our airspace. The classic “beak-to-beak” midair collision scenario came from the U.S. Air Force in the 1970s. It featured an F-4 Phantom II heading right at you, the closure speed was on the order of 900 kt. and you didn’t stand a chance.
‘Fixing’ Problem Pilots  31
For safety’s sake, it is up to us to help problem pilots improve. Learn about the seven types of problem pilots, what drives them and how to approach them.
The Disappearing But All-Important Aviation Uber Mentors  10
The pilot shortage is real and growing and that means the professional pilot force is “out there,” doing the job at hand. It would be tragic if the best and brightest of those were too busy flying to mentor the next generation.
Safety: Normalization Of Deviance  6
Most pilots have probably heard the story from Greek mythology about Icarus, the ancient aviator who flew too close to the sun and came crashing down into the sea. Since it was Daedalus, his father, who designed and constructed those wings of bird feathers tied with string and wax, it can be said that not only was he the original aeronautical engineer, but he included a maximum cruise altitude in his design specifications. Fly too high, he warned his son, and the wax used to fasten the feathers would melt.
How To Avoid Aviation Maintenance Malpractice  25
The ability to quickly diagnose a problem and come up with a solution is a valuable skill, even when you earn your living working on multimillion-dollar aircraft.
Never Too Late To Examine The Safety, Comfort, Reliability Relationship 
The preceding elements are “greater than” the subsequent. But theory is often overwhelmed by reality.
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